Nothing spectacular. Shoved onto a gondola with strangers which wasn’t the worst. Try to board first if riding with partner or buy in groups of 6, otherwise you will be separated to balance the gondola. Recommend going privately as the price difference isn’t far off depending on time of day you choose to go (you pay per gondola when hiring privately). Still one of the things on the “must do” list when visiting Venice.
We really enjoyed the gondola ride, but beware when you meet the rep. There's a gondola station just down from the Post Office, and we thought it would be from there as the details said near the Post Office. We eventually found out that you leave from outside the Post Office, and then have a little walk to the gondolas. So please, Viator, change the location from near the Post Office tooutside the Post Office. Apart from that, we had a really lovely ride, and it was so quiet! Wonderful!
We had a 3pm booking and waited at the designated point with quite a few others, the operator arrived on time and took us to the gondolas, a lot of waiting around while they got themselves organised. on out turn we asked if we could wait and go on one where we could sit together at the back of gondola which they were happy to do. once on the gondola, it was nice and peaceful and the rower was experienced, one thing missing, perhaps just a recording of some relaxing Italian music would have given it more stars not being serenaded as costs more the only other thing was a gondola traffic jam half way through, but all in we are glad we did it, you can't go to Venice and not do a Gondola! Thanks Viator, we will use you again as we have before, easy to use and a trusted site.
Good experience for first time using Viator. I booked the trip an hour before I decided to go. The group was large when I arrived so it was easy to find the guy holding the Viator trip sign to follow the group. The 30 minute ride goes by fast. You have room for 6 people in the gondola, so it wasn't crammed. The only I thing I didn't like was the fact that they were like herding people into the boats really fast. It was a good way to check off a gondola ride on my checklist for a good price the ones they offer when you're there are 80 and 100 euros. Good overall.